IF-Sweater

“While it is warm, troll-wool is terribly scratchy and uncomfortable, as anyone who has brushed up against a troll’s pelt would know.  Of course, they wouldn’t share that knowledge, because most people who came that close to a troll simply didn’t come back.  Sven’s mother had told him to always show his appreciation, and common sense told him not to offend Grandma Troll.  So he thanked her for the new, somewhat ill-fitting sweater she had knit him from the very wool off her arms.  Then he stood very still so as not to irritate his skin any further.”

From “Grandma Troll,” an imaginary fairy tale.

Illustration Friday’s theme this week was “sweater”.  I did have in mind a monster and boy, with a sweater knit from the monster’s fur. It turned into this troll idea after I thought of making the monster a grandmother, and the story fell into place in my head as I was drawing.  It’s possible this could turn into a full-fledged picture book.

 

© Eric Battaglia 2011

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